August 24th, 2021

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Sarah Thompson

Ceramic Tile Distributors Association




(GLEN ELLYN, IL, August 4, 2021) – Total Solutions Plus (TSP) is excited to bring the ceramic tile industry back together to network and learn from each other, in person.  Total Solutions Plus is brought to you by Ceramic Tile Distributors Association, the National Tile Contractors Association, the Tile Council of North America and Tile Contractors Association of America.

Total Solutions Plus 2021 , hosted at the Hyatt Regency Jacksonville, will be held October 24-26, 2021, in the riverfront city of Jacksonville, Florida.  Sponsorship Opportunities, Tabletop Registration and Attendee Registration are currently open and available.

Attendees will have the opportunity to participate in pre-conference industry committee meetings, 2 keynote speakers, and several educational business & technical breakouts. Plus, the Tabletop Exhibits will feature added hours in 2021!

Plenty of time will be set aside to reconnect with industry partners in person during nightly receptions, breakfasts, awards luncheons, and the closing theme party “Margaritaville – Changes in Attitude”.

By becoming a sponsor, you will be helping educate the industry, gain valuable exposure for your organization, and demonstrate your commitment to the industry. Various levels of sponsorship are still available.

On Monday, October 25 from 4:30 pm – 7:30 pm and Tuesday, October 26 from 10:00 am – 12:30 pm, the Tabletops will be open.  Exhibiting at the Tabletops is your ticket to increasing your business sales and services. Don’t pass up this opportunity to showcase your latest products, network with attendees and conduct business.

Total Solutions Plus is thrilled to be in sunny Florida in 2021!  Visit Jacksonville offers a free passport for convention attendees.  It’s never been easier to tap into exclusive savings and discounts which allow you to get the most out of the city while you’re here!

Attendee safety and wellbeing is a top priority to the organizers of Total Solutions Plus.  TSP will adhere to the guidelines and restrictions set forth by the State of Florida, Duval County, the city of Jacksonville, and the Hyatt Regency Jacksonville at the time of the conference.  By registering, attendees agree to abide by these guidelines and any restrictions.  For further information, please refer to the CDC website.

Registration for the event can be completed online at

For more information about Total Solutions Plus: visit our website call 630-545-9415.





Tile of Spain Announces Winners of the 18th Annual Tile of Spain Awards
January 6th, 2020

Tile of Spain Announces Winners of the 18th Annual Tile of Spain Awards


Miami, FL December 2019 – Tile of Spain, the association of over 125 Spanish tile manufacturers, announces the winners of the 18th annual Tile of Spain Awards of Architecture and Interior Design. The panel of judges, chaired by architect Jacob van Rijs of MVRDV, met on Wednesday, November 20th to select the award winners.
Winners – Architecture

In the Architecture category, the award went to the “Centro de investigación del Hospital de la Santa Creu i Sant Pau, Barcelona” designed by PICHarchitects/Pich-Aguilera and 2BMFG Arquitectes. Members of the judging panel judging were impressed by the use of ceramics to mimic the buildings environment. Ceramic tile enveloped the facade of the existing building in a transparent “ceramic skin” to create a harmonious balance between the interior and exterior of the hospital.


Two special mentions were also made in this category. The first “Patio de los valientes y nueva sala de padres” by Elisa Valero. The judges highlighted the unexpected use of identical ceramic pieces to create a dramatic geometric space. The second special mention went to “Edificio Tívoli. Rehabilitación de edificio para 22 viviendas, local y aparcamientos” by Martín Lejárraga. The judges valued the strategic contrasting revitalization of the building.


Interior Design

First prize in the Interior Design category was awarded to “Sala de espera en las dársenas de una estación de autobuses” by José María Sánchez Garíca. The judges applauded the relationship between the ceramic details, geometric construction, and expansive space to create a harmonious waiting area for travelers.
The judges also granted two special mentions in the Interior Design category. The first went to Vora Arquitectura for “Vallirana 47”, a 1920s farmhouse remodeled with ceramic tiles of different shapes, patterns and colors. The second mention was awarded to Kengo Kuma and Javier Villar Ruiz of KKA for their project, “Camper Paseo de Grácia” where ceramics is the prominent material of the multi-functional commercial space.


Final Degree Project
In the category reserved for Architecture students, the winning project was awarded to “Memento Mori. La presencia de la ausencia” the work of Óscar Cruz García from the Madrid School of Architecture. The judges admired the maturity and sensitivity of the student’s detailed design.


Two special mentions were also awarded to “Dance School” by Alexey Agarkov from the Moscow School of Architecture and “Barcelona Fabrica” by Felipe Sancho Cervera from the Barcelona School of Architecture.
The Judges

The panel of judges was chaired by Jacob van Rijs, an architect and urban planner born in Amsterdam, Netherlands. Rijs who studied at the Delft University of Technology became a founding partner of “MVRDV” in 1993. In addition to his professional practice, Rijs is a faculty member at the University of Berlin.

The panel of judges also included Inês Lobo (Inês Lobo Architecture), David Lorente (H Architects), Eugeni Bach (Anna & Eugeni Bach), Héctor Ruiz Velázquez (Ruiz Velázquez Architecture & Design Team); Tomoko Sakamoto (Spread Editores) and Ramon Monfort, a founding member of the Centre of Ceramic Design.



About the Awards
The objective of the Tile of Spain Awards is to promote the use of Spanish ceramic tiles in architecture and interior design projects (both in Spain and abroad). The awards are sponsored Endesa, Weber-Saint Gobain, the Port Authority of Valencia, and CESCE. The program boasts a consolidated trajectory and are held in high esteem by architecture professionals.

The Tile of Spain Awards offer cash prizes totaling over $44,000 that are divided among three areas. The two main categories – Architecture and Interior Design – each have a cash prize of over $19,000. Special mentions may also be made in both categories, based on the judges’ criteria. The third category, the Final Degree Project, targets students of architecture and has a cash prize of over $5,000. In all three categories, entries are welcome from both Spanish and international participants.

The award ceremony will be held on February 4th, 2020 in Valencia during CEVISAMA. Full details of this and previous editions of the awards are available at



About Tile of Spain

In Spain, tile makers labor as they have for centuries – pushing their passion for design and innovation to new levels of artisanship. With one of the purest and strongest domestic clays available, Spanish manufacturers have an unparalleled ability to make the end product more diverse. From rustic handmade forms; to technical facades that cool buildings and clean the air; to the impossibly slim, sustainable recycled and ink jet masterpieces that fire the imagination. The Spanish Ceramic Tile Manufacturers’ Association (ASCER) is the private organization whose primary objective is to support Spain’s ceramic tile manufacturers and the industry as a whole by stewarding and promoting the Tile of Spain brand worldwide. A strong global leader, the ceramic tile industry of Spain comprises of over 120 manufacturers concentrated primarily in the province of Castellón. For more about tile produced in Spain, contact Tile of Spain Center at the Trade Commission of Spain, 2655 Le Jeune Road, Suite 1114, Coral Gables, FL 33134. Call 305-446-4387 or visit


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Arizona Tile Celebrates Opening of New Location in the Pacific Northwest
September 16th, 2019

Now Open in Seattle, Washington

On March 18th 2019, Arizona Tile opened the doors to its newest branch, located in Seattle, Washington. The site is home to an interactive showroom, slab viewing facility, and order desk, and highlights the use of modern technology in which customers can visualize materials in their own home by use of the on-site touch-screen. Customers can also fi nd inspiration via the wide variety of installation examples throughout the showroom floor.

September 16th, 2019

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September 10, 2019

Addition of sales and services leadership, and adjustments to product management, position the company to stay focused on clients while accommodating continued growth.

Albany, NY – Creative Materials Corporation, a supplier of tile, brick, stone, paver systems, and other related building materials for the commercial construction industry, welcomes Stephen Brooke as the new vice president of sales and services. In his new role, Brooke will manage all combined sales and service operations. Effective immediately, Brooke joins Creative Materials’ senior leadership team, and will be based out of Dallas, Texas.

“Stephen has deep roots and an exemplary history in the surfaces industry,” said Ryan Micklus, Creative Materials president & CEO. “We will look to Stephen’s leadership and experience as we lean into our vision of setting a new standard for surface material supply for our clients.”

Brooke comes to Creative Materials with close to 20 years of experience across the architect and design, construction, distribution, manufacturing and sustainability industries. Most recently he was responsible for the sales and marketing of Mosa products for the US market. He was instrumental in contributing to significant revenue growth over four years.  Brooke also served three years as NYC regional sales manager for Stone Source, its largest market, and has held numerous leadership positions within the industry throughout the course of his career. He has excelled in building high performing teams.

With the addition of Brooke, Creative Materials will align both sales and services under his leadership. The marketing and product management functions will also now be aligned under the leadership of Jennifer Barbic, director of product and marketing, with Scott Bocketti assuming ownership of product management and procurement of the company’s ceramic, porcelain and glass product category.  The changes in internal alignment directly support Creative Materials’ strategy to unify interactions with all clients and stakeholders throughout the end-to-end process of commercial projects.  The ultimate goal of the alignment is to help simplify the selection and supply of surface materials on commercial construction projects.

“Creative Materials has a rich history of caring about clients and offering industry-leading services. With growing momentum in the company, there is a tremendous opportunity to harness that momentum and innovate to benefit our clients” says Brooke. “I’m excited to join this amazing, creative team.”

Visit for more information on Creative Materials’ executive team.


About Creative Materials Corporation

Creative Materials Corporation is a supplier of tile, brick, stone, paver systems, and other related building materials for the commercial construction industry. Utilizing extensive experience supplying materials to commercial construction projects, Creative Materials guides architecture firms, developers, and corporate multi-unit brands through product specification and the successful supply of materials to each and every project. Creative Materials adds value to client’s projects by offering an unmatched combination of product sourcing capabilities, nationwide supply chain solutions, and excellence in service. A committed, consultative approach enables clients to “Create with Confidence.”

Media Contact:
Jennifer Barbic
Director of Product & Marketing
518.213.8011 | 800.207.2967

Call for entries for the latest edition of ASCER’s Tile of Spain Awards
August 1st, 2019
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Call for entries for the latest edition of ASCER’s Tile of Spain Awards

The jury is chaired by architect Jacob van Rijs of the famous MVRDV studio
The awards are divided into three categories: Architecture, Interior Design and Final Degree Project, with prizes totalling €39,000
Access all the information at : bases, results of previous editions, etc.
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ASCER (the Spanish Ceramic Tile Manufacturers’ Association) has announced the eighteenth edition of its Tile of Spain Awards of Architecture, Interior Design and Final Degree Project. The magnificent panel of judges is made up of internationally-acclaimed professionals working in the architecture and design sectors. The Tile of Spain Awards are intended to promote the use of Spanish ceramic tiles in architecture as well as interior design projects (both in Spain and abroad) and are sponsored by Endesa, Weber-Saint Gobain, the Port Authority of Valencia and CESCE.Tile_of_Spain_2019

Chairing the panel is Jacob van Rijs, founding partner of the prestigious MVRDV studio based in Rotterdam and with an international track record. The rest of the jury is composed by Inês Lobo; Portuguese architect; David Lorente, founding partner of the H Arquitectes studio; Eugeni Bach, of Anna & Eugeni Bach Arquitectes; Tomoko Sakamoto, editor specialized in architecture; and Ramón Monfort, of the College of Architects of Castellón.

Entries for the 18th Edition of the Tile of Spain Awards may be submitted from now until 24th October 2019.

The Awards have a prize fund of 39,000 euros distributed in three categories. The two main categories are Architecture and Interior Design, each with a cash prize of 17,000 euros. The panel of judges are also entitled to give special mentions in either category. The third category is the Final Degree Project, targeting students of Architecture, and has a cash prize of 5,000 euros. Entrants from both Spain and abroad are entitled to take part in all three categories. Full details of the 18th edition, the rules and candidate registration forms are available at

Winner of the architecture prize at the latest edition of the Ceramics Awards in the architecture category the project for the entrance to the intermodal station of Palma de Mallorca by the architect Joan Seguí Colomar; and in interior design the project “House facing the sea” by OAB Arquitectes (Xavier Martí and Lucía Ferrater). Images, blueprints and reports of last year’s winning projects can be downloaded from the Award’s website.

About the judges
Jacob van Rijs (MVRDV) – Chair of the panel of judges
Jacob van Rijs (Amsterdam 1965) is a Dutch architect. In 1993 he set up the MVRDV studio with partners Winy Maas and Nathalie de Vries. Based in Rotterdam (The Netherlands), yet with an international vocation, the studio delivers solutions for contemporary urban and architectural problems in regions throughout the world. A highly collaborative design-based methodology based on research allows for the creation of open, ground-breaking projects aimed at enabling cities and landscapes to move towards a better future. Jacob van Rijs is a guest professor at the Berlin Technical University and has previously taught at the Munich TU, Delft TU, Wismar University, the Madrid School of Architecture, the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts in Copenhagen and Rice University, amongst others. Since 2011 he has chaired the international programme at the Royal Institute of Dutch Architects (BNA).

MVRDV’s work is exhibited and published throughout the world and has received numerous international prizes. Two hundred and fifty architects, designers and urban planners deliver projects based on a multidisciplinary and collaborative design model that involves in-depth research and creative processes.  The studio’s best-known completed projects include The Netherlands Pavilion for the World Expo 2000 in Hannover; Market Hall, which combines a housing unit and store in Rotterdam; Pushed Slab, a sustainable office block in Paris; Flight Forum, an innovative business park in Eindhoven; the Silodam housing complex in Amsterdam; the Matsudai Cultural Centre in Japan; Lloyd Hotel in Amsterdam; Ypenburg housing and urban development in The Hague; De Effenaar music centre in Eindhoven; the Gyre Boutique shopping mall in Tokyo; and the iconic Mirador y Celosía (‘Lookout and Lattice’) housing complex in Madrid. The studio is currently working on a series of projects that include a public art warehouse in Rotterdam; the transformation of a mixed-use building in the centre of Paris; mixed-use skyscrapers in New York and Shenzhen, and a wide range of housing projects in various countries including the Netherlands, France, China and India. MVRDV is also immersed in large-scale urban planning projects in Bordeaux and Caen (France), as well as a master plan for an eco-city in Logroño (Spain) and a research master plan for the future growth and expansion of Paris.

Members of the panel
Inês Lobo (Inês Lobo Arquitectos Lda)
Inês Lobo (Lisbon, 1966) graduated from the Faculty of Architecture at Lisbon’s Technical University. From 1990 to 1998 she worked with fellow architect João Luís Carrilho da Graça. In 1998 she set up a studio with Pedro Domingos and in 2002 launched her own firm, Inês Lobo Arquitectos, based on a philosophy of the joint reflection of a team of professionals whose mission is to guarantee continuity at each project phase, adopting a broad and coordinated vision. The work of Portuguese architect Inês Lobo is characterised by buildings featuring pure, streamlined designs and contemporary materials.

Since 2000 she has been a Projects professor at Lisbon’s Autonomous University. In recent years she has earned a reputation as an outstanding architecture exhibition curator. Her work in this area includes responsibility for the pavilion at the 2012 edition of the Biennale di Venezia. She has been a member of panel of judges for national and international architecture awards such as FAD 2012 or the Secil Prize in its 2006 edition. In 1999 she received the title of Officer of the Order of Merit from the Portuguese President Jorge Sampaio; in 2013 the “Women Creators of Culture” award and in 2014 the arcVision Women and Architecture prize.

David Lorente (HARQUITECTES)
David Lorente (Granollers, 1972) graduated from the Vallès School of Architecture in 2000. He is a founding partner of HARQUITECTES (2000), a studio based in Sabadell (Barcelona) run by a partnership of four architects, David Lorente Ibáñez, Josep Ricart Ulldemolins, Xavier Ros Majó and Roger Tudó Galí, who all graduated from the Vallès School of Architecture between 1998 and 2000. They have received various accolades for both completed projects and tenders, and have published widely in national and international media. Their work has also been selected for a number of exhibitions and they have been guest speakers at conferences both in Europe and America.

Eugeni Bach (Anna & Eugeni Bach)
Eugeni Bach (Barcelona, 1974) qualified as an architect at the Barcelona School of Architecture (Polytechnic University of Catalonia) in 1999. He is an assistant professor of the Vertical Workshop at the School of Architecture of the International University of Catalonia (Barcelona), directed by Winy Maas (1998) and Duncan Lewis (1999). He was a professor of the Mies van der Rohe Chair at the School of Architecture of the Polytechnic University of Catalonia, under the direction of David Chipperfield (2001). He is a Projects professor at La Salle School of Architecture at Ramon Llull University (Barcelona) (2005-the present) and at the Barcelona Technical School at the Polytechnic University of Catalonia (2015 – the present).

The Anna & Eugeni Bach architecture studio works in a wide spectrum of design aspects, ranging from urban planning and architecture to interior and object design. Their work covers four key areas: professional, teaching, research and cultural activity, all based on an intensely propositive and personal approach. Their numerous achievements include the following: finalists at the 2016 edition of the Spanish Architecture and Urban Planning Biennale; nomination for the Mies van der Rohe awards in 2015; nomination for the Iakov Chernikhov International Prize for Young Architects in 2015; nomination for the FAD 2015 Award; winners of the 2014 FAD International Award; finalists of the 2014 FAD Interior Design Award in 2014; winners of the 2014 FAD Interior Design Award; winners of the FAD International Opinion Award in 2014; finalists of the 2013 FAD Awards; nominated for the 2012 FAD Awards; winners of the 2008 Opinion Award; finalists of the 2008 FAD Awards; finalists at the 10th edition of the Spanish Architecture and Urban Planning in 2009; and nomination for the 7th edition of the Ibero-American Architecture and Urban Planning Biennale. Their projects have been featured in various European journals including Domus, MARK Magazine, Interni, Arquitectura Viva or A10l.

Tomoko Sakamoto (Spread)
SPREAD is a studio set up in Barcelona in 2012 by graphic designer David Lorente and editor Tomoko Sakamoto. Both partners had previously worked at the publishing firm ACTAR for more than 10 years, producing several books on architecture and design. Spread is currently immersed in a wide range of book design projects.

Ramón Monfort (CTAC)
Ramón Monfort is a founding member of the Ceramic Design Centre, President of the Castellón Region College of Architects and Dean of the Comunidad Valenciana Official College of Architects. He boasts long-standing experience in the sector, and his trajectory has been marked by his commitment to social and sustainable values. He has received accolades for projects such as the Peñíscola Convention Centre or the Canem Gallery in Castellón.

At previous editions, the panels have been chaired by many other leading professionals such as Jorge Silvetti, Iñaki Ábalos, Emilio Tuñón, Manuel Gallego, Juan Navarro Baldeweg, Alberto Campo Baeza, Gonçalo Byrne, William J.R. Curtis, Terence Riley, Eduardo Souto de Moura, Carlos Ferrater, Luís Moreno Mansilla, Patxi Mangado, Guillermo Vázquez Consuegra, Mathías Klotz, Benedetta Tagliabue and Víctor López Cotelo.

Calendar and submission of entries
Closing date for entries: 24th October 2019.
Jury’s final decision: week 20 November.
Award ceremony: February 4, 2020 in CEVISAMA (Valencia from February 3 to 7)
Rules and candidate registration:


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Tile America Collects Over 1,000 Gently-Worn Shoes to Help Soles4Souls Fight Global Poverty in Q2
August 1st, 2019


July 25, 2019

Tile America Collects Over 1,000 Gently-Worn Shoes to Help Soles4Souls Fight Global Poverty in Q2

New Haven, CT – One person’s unwanted shoes can help provide meaningful opportunities that many in developing nations need. Tile America launched a shoe drive to collect 1,000 pairs of new or gently-worn shoes for Soles4Souls, a non-profit social enterprise that creates sustainable jobs and provides relief through the distribution of shoes and clothing around the world.

The 1,007 pairs of donated shoes will be distributed to Soles4Souls’ micro-enterprise programs that create jobs in Haiti, Honduras and other developing nations. The micro-enterprise model provides individuals the ability to start small businesses by providing a steady supply of high-quality, low-cost product. They also give a second life to unwanted shoes, keeping them out of landfills and protecting the environment.

“We were overwhelmed with the response we received. Shoes started pouring in as employees cleaned out their closets and solicited donations from friends and family members. We were very excited to reach our goal of over 1000 pairs and are thrilled to support this wonderful charity.”– Brian Knies, Owner & President of Tile America

The World Bank estimates that approximately 767 million people live on less than $1.90 per day. Many people living in extreme poverty simply do not have access to stable employment. The income generated by selling just one pair of shoes in Haiti can provide up to five meals for a family in need, whereas 30 pairs sold by an entrepreneur in Honduras can provide up to a year of schooling for a child.

About Tile America Gives Back

In 2018 Tile America initiated Tile America Gives Back, a program with a Corporate Social Responsibility Statement of: “Tile America is committed to improving our local, national, and global communities. Our obligation is to consistently use our collective resources, intellect, and abilities as a successful company to improve conditions both socially and environmentally. Each quarter the employees of Tile America set forth on a mission to help those in need.

About Soles4Souls

Soles4Souls disrupts the cycle of poverty by creating sustainable jobs and providing relief through the distribution of shoes and clothing around the world. Headquartered in Nashville, Tennessee, the organization re-purposes product to supply its micro-enterprise, disaster relief and direct assistance programs. Since 2006, it has distributed more than 35 million pairs of shoes in 127 countries. Visit for more information.

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(L) Laurie Ruotolo, Tile America, Purchasing Manager & HR Administrator, (C) Brian Knies, Tile America President & Owner, (Right) Cailin Cerruto, Tile America Executive Assistant For more information please contact Cailin Cerruto,

KB Tribe Chat topic: Bathroom Design Trends – A Mid-Year Review
July 31st, 2019

Keep an eye out for #KBTribeChat posts between 2-3pm EST on Wednesday afternoons. Like and re-tweet them with the Hashtag #WhyTile.
Join the conversation at using the hashtag #Kbtribechat.

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Green Afoot: Environmentally Friendly Flooring
July 30th, 2019

“Few places in your home have a bigger impact on your family’s health and planetary footprint than your floors…Tiles made from recycled porcelain, concrete or glass are durable, low-maintenance and generally have low carbon footprints. Plus, its unique appearance can’t be replicated with any other material” (via @MotherEarthLiving)


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Five Reasons Tile is Trending in Hospitality
July 26th, 2019

“Tile is nonporous. This means that it’s easy to keep clean and hygienic.” He adds, “There’s a reason that this is the material used where cleanliness is an absolute necessity, like in operating rooms.” (via @Lodging)


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Are you Celebrating Christmas in July?
July 25th, 2019

Are you Celebrating Christmas in July? Let’s check in on our Elf on the Shelf, to see how he’s enjoying summer vacation.

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